Friday, January 15, 2010

Got Fascism? Scotland Must Stand Up!

If you saw the video below you'd see that islanders from tiny Iceland are taking on the tyranny that threatens all of us. Bankers controlling governments have created economies which are collapsing meaning poverty and ill-health for millions.

Would that Scots had the same bravery as the Icelanders! Alas, we're a vassal 'nation'. Would you discuss the closure of the local paper-shop whilst watching your house burn down in a fire? No! I wonder why then, while the citizens are being looted, helped by government, by a financial elite and while millions are killed in our name do we give all our attention to such issues as inquiries about a minister's emails and stigmatising the poor with legislation on alcohal prices?

The answer is clear, no? Mass distraction. Noam Chomsky talks about how debate is kept within narrow confines. We are only allowed to discuss what is comfortable to our government and their corporate bosses.

In the Labour party it started long ago and became more noticable under Kinnock and then Smith. However it wasn't till Blair and Brown hit the scene that big business took control of the Labour agenda. They were competing with Thatcherites for big business patronage and the consequent endorsements from the tabloid press. A faustian pact. The price? There's never a right time to discuss disarmament and don't argue about war! Oh no, banks and arms manufacturers make far too much money out of these policies. Never forget that Blair took a consultancy job with JP Morgan days after he left office as PM. The same JP Morgan who won the contract to run the Trading Bank of Iraq just after the invasion..

Have we been sold out to pharmaceutical companies? Well, who was behind the propaganda about swine flu and the purchase of millions of 'vaccines'?

There is a view of the world right now that dictatorship takes two forms. Firstly, there is big government which offers no political choice i.e. communist countries. Then, there is corporate-fascist states which keeps up the veneer of democracy. America is obviously the latter. Both parties are controlled by the same interests but the illusion is maintained so that the masses don't have to pretend not to be freedom lovers.

Britain is clearly very close to the latter.

The psychology of British politics policed by the media is such that people who are interested in politics allow themselves to be constrained by the corporate media controlled agenda. You used to have so-called socialists who said you can't talk about war or disarmament and now you have so-called nationalists who say you can't talk about independence.

As a nationalist, I am insulted by this tendency. Hundreds of thousands of Scots want independence yet fellow nationalists designate themselves the responsibility of telling us to shut up. Yes, it's all well-meaning but we're never going to be independent if we give in to the jedi mind tricks of the coroporate elite who control the British state.

A fascinating incident in the US has exposed exactly how the government and their corporate bosses fear and manipulate us. In The Rag Blog there is an excellent entry entitled:

Got Fascism? : Obama Advisor Promotes 'Cognitive Infiltration'

The blog, written by Marc Estrin, looks at how Obama advisor and Harvard buddy Cass Sunstein is encouraging 'cognitive' provocateurs.

Here is one extract from a Sunstein article:

[W]e suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity. (Page 219.)

Marc Estrin picks this loaded paragraph apart thus:

It is "extremists" who "supply" "conspiracy theories."

Their "hard core" must be "broken up" with distinctive tactics. What tactics?

"Infiltration" ("cognitive") of groups with questions about official explanations or obfuscations or lies. Who is to infiltrate?

"Government agents or their allies," virtually (i.e. on-line) or in "real-space" (as at meetings), and "either openly or anonymously," though "infiltration" would imply the latter. What will these agents do?

Undermine "crippled epistemology" -- one's theory and technique of knowledge. How will they do this?

By "planting doubts" which will "circulate." Will these doubts be beneficial?
Certainly. Because they will introduce "cognitive diversity."


The Blog continues:

Put into English, what Sunstein is proposing is government infiltration of groups opposing prevailing policy. Palestinian Liberation? 9/11 Truth? Anti-nuclear power? Stop the wars? End the Fed? Support Nader? Eat the Rich?



We know that nationalists, CND activists and other groups were considered dangerous to the state and membership lists went missing. I remember this as far back as the 80s.

It's easy to destroy groups with "cognitive diversity." You just take up meeting time with arguments to the point where people don't come back. You make protest signs which alienate 90% of colleagues. You demand revolutionary violence from pacifist groups.

I remember thinking this as a student about the SWP whose members destroyed any genuine student agitation at the universities and colleges.

We expect such tactics from undercover cops, or FBI. There the agents are called "provocateurs" -- even if only "cognitive." One learns to smell or deal with them in a group, or recognize trolling online. But even suspicion or partial exposure can “sow uncertainty and distrust within conspiratorial groups [now conflated with conspiracy theory discussion groups] and among their members,” and “raise the costs of organization and communication” -- which Sunstein applauds as "desirable." "[N]ew recruits will be suspect and participants in the group’s virtual networks will doubt each other’s bona fides." (p.225).

The trolls and shills on comment boards of Das Schottishman are clearly part of a corporate fascist agenda to control debate.

Back to the US and the true face of Obama. Remember, this is his friend from Uni who has been brought in to dream this stuff up. It is clear that Obama was handpicked by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, arms manufacturers and other. He' s their song and dance man brought in as a messiah figure who can perform miracles and provide left cover so that the banks can finish off the looting of the citizens' wealth whilst the veneer of left v right keeps the masses distracted. Many actually believe Obama is on their side, what a sting.

Clearly we have entered into an Orwellian nightmare period. Everyone is shutting down free thinking. Instead of protecting our democracies we attack the poor and their habits. Scapegoating is rampant.

It reminds me of the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller who incidently died in 1984:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out.

Scots died in great numbers fighting tyrrany and it is our duty to challenge it wherever we can. We must not be distracted by agendas designed to dumb down debate about the future of our nation. We must be brave enough to think big and not stigmatise the weakest in our society. There is a real battle on which has been engaged by little Iceland. I urge that Scots examine their soul and history and find the mettle to fight for our country and democracy against greedy warmongering elitists - the real enemy.

We need bloggers like Marc Estrin. And thinkers not consumed by petty corporate endorced politics and see politics as a virtual reality video game but about the futures and happiness of real people:

47 comments:

thorne dreyer said...

Thanks for running Marc Estrin's piece. By the way, your link to The Rag Blog doesn't work...

Solidarity,

Thorne Dreyer
The Rag Blog

Alex Porter said...

Hey Thorne,

I've fixed that link - thanks for telling me.

Great work at The Rag Blog!

Solidarity from across the pond!

Alex Porter

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